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Art & Design

Our arts and design curriculum is linked with topic work and enhances children’s cultural understanding of the unit studied.  Each project starts with a research element where children explore design in greater detail.  Children are given time to practise and develop their skills and carefully plan their work.  Our art curriculum is used as an opportunity to develop children’s perseverance and resilience as they learn to overcome mistakes and celebrate achievements even if they are not as anticipated. 

Each unit is linked with a famous artist (or artwork where the artist is unknown) to broaden children’s knowledge of both the history of art and to introduce them to modern artists.  They consider how art can be used as a powerful expression of an idea to challenge and provoke thought.  Children are encouraged be to courageous advocates through classroom discussions of an artist’s work or through opportunities to develop their own voice in their artwork which is purposefully designed to challenge other people’s thoughts and feelings.

Purpose of study

Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.



The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.